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How to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto City Centre

Kyoto is regarded as the cultural and historical soul of Japan. It was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years, when in 1868 the capital was moved to Tokyo. It is known worldwide for its numerous traditional Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and exquisite Japanese gardens that radiate peacefulness and serenity. Kyoto is an essential travel destination for anyone visiting the ‘land of the rising sun’, who will be greatly rewarded by its beauty, tradition and culture.

Kyoto is located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu and along with nearby Osaka, Nara and Kobe are the most significant cities of the region. Its historical importance and the role it plays as one of the primary destinations for Japan’s visitors, has led Kyoto to be well connected to other large cities and major transportation hubs like Kansai airport. Anyone wishing to travel from Kansai airport to Kyoto has many options but we will be concentrating on the most direct, easiest to navigate and fastest ways to travel between these two destinations. The first travel option involves a direct train service – the Limited Express Haruka route that is run by JR West. Alternatively, there is also a bus service known as the ‘Airport Limousine Bus Service’ which involves three companies working in conjunction to provide a direct bus route to Kyoto. The final option is a fast and convenient Kansai airport taxi or private transfer.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €225 95min 24/7
Train €28 75min 06:30–22:15
Bus €38 90min 06:50–22:52

How to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto City Centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Kansai airport to Kyoto city centre is a straightforward process. Taxis are available 24/7 at the airport, compared to the train option for example, whose service stops running late at night. You can either pick a taxi up from the airport taxi rank or for a more personalised experience you can pre-book a Kansai airport taxi transfer and have your driver meet you just as you exit the Baggage Claim area. The distance from Kansai Osaka airport to Kyoto is 99 km, therefore a taxi will be the fastest and most comfortable option for covering this distance, especially if you are travelling with children.

How much is the taxi fare from Kansai airport to Kyoto city centre?

You can expect the taxi fare from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto city centre to be about €225 (JPY 30700). Taxis in this region calculate their fares using a taximeter, so an initial base fee will firstly be applied, followed by a fare for the distance travelled and any wait-time charges. Fixed-rate fares to many destinations are offered by most taxi companies, but you can always guarantee a competitive fixed rate fare when you book your Kansai airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€225

Trip Duration

95 minutes

Late night taxi transfers between 22:00 and 5:00 have a 20% surcharge on the regular rate.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis at Kansai airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis at Kansai airport can be found outside both Terminals 1 and 2 of the main terminal buildings as you exit the arrivals hall.

Convenience

Considering the distance (99 km) and the travel time (95 minutes) required from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto, it is clear that a taxi or private transfer will be the most convenient and efficient method of transport. This is even more evident if travelling with children or a lot of baggage, if complicating matters are at play or if we simply consider the cons of the available public transport options. Also, seeing as Kyoto is a significant sized city, depending on where you’re headed, a taxi may be the only option that will transport you straight to the front door of your desired destination.

Editor’s Note

The journey from Kansai Osaka International Airport to Kyoto will involve the use of the expressway (motorway) and a bridge, which are charged extra. These extra costs will be either added to your final fare or if you are planning on pre-booking your transfer, ask the taxi operator if these costs are included in your quoted fixed rate fare.

Useful Tips

It would be helpful to have the address of your destination written in Japanese to show your driver, as many taxi drivers in Japan do not speak English.
Tipping your driver at the end of your transfer is not necessary, and is rather uncommon in Japan. Simply pay for the amount shown on the taximeter.
When getting into a taxi, your driver will automatically open and close the rear doors which you, therefore, don't have to do yourself.

How to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto City Centre by train

The Kansai region has a well-developed train system connecting most large cities with major transportation hubs. For travellers who’d like to take a train service from the Osaka International airport to Kyoto, the Limited Express Haruka service operated by JR West is the only route that travels directly to Kyoto, without any connections or having to change trains. The service runs from the airport approximately every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 on weekdays (6:40 on weekends and holidays) while the last train leaves the airport at 22:15. The average travel time from Kansai airport to Kyoto station is 75 minutes.

How much does the train cost from Kansai airport to Kyoto city centre?

An adult ticket for the Limited Express Haruka service from Kansai airport to Kyoto station will cost €14 (JPY 1910) with an option of reserving your ticket in advance at an extra cost of €19.50 (JPY 2750). Child tickets for this service cost €6.80 (JPY 950) with an extra cost of €9.75 (JPY 1370) for advance reservations.

Cost

€14

Trip Duration

75 minutes

Tickets for the Limited Express Haruka service can be reserved in advance at an extra cost of €4.70 (JPY 660) for adults and €2.35 (JPY 330) for children.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The Limited Express Haruka service runs approximately every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 22:15.

Where do I get the train from?

The Kansai airport train station is located opposite the Terminal 1 building. You first exit the arrivals hall and then take the escalator to the 2nd floor. Follow the signs that will take you over the bridge connecting these buildings and into the train station.

Convenience

The Limited Express Haruka service from Kansai airport to Kyoto station is a convenient, fast and affordable travel option. If your hotel or final destination however is not close to Kyoto station, you will still have to use and navigate an alternative transport method to get to your exact destination. This may cause further inconvenience if you are travelling as a family or with a lot of baggage items.

Editor’s Note

There are a number of different train routes that depart from Kansai airport and travel towards Kyoto, but please be aware that only the Limited Express Haruka service is a direct route to Kyoto where you don’t have to change trains.

Useful Tips

In order to guarantee a seat on the train at your preferred time, it may be worth purchasing the reserved ticket, even though those are more expensive.
Staff dedicated to helping foreign travellers acquire their tickets or simply provide information are available at the JR West ticket office, in the airport.
If the JR ticket office is busy and you are in a rush to catch your train, look for the ticket vending machines on the side of the ticket office.

How to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto City Centre by bus

The final option that enables travellers to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto is a regular bus service to Kyoto station. It is a collaboration between three companies (Hankyu Kanko Bus, Hanshin Bus and the Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise) working together under the name of ‘Airport Limousine Bus’. The bus service runs approximately every hour with the first bus departing the airport at 6:50 and the final bus departing at 22:52. The average journey time for this route is approximately 90 minutes, greatly depending on traffic and the time of day.

How much does the bus cost from Kansai airport to Kyoto?

An adult ticket on the Airport Limousine Bus service to Kyoto station from Kansai airport will cost €19 (JPY 2600). Infants (aged 1-5) travel for free, when not occupying a seat and a child ticket (ages 6-11) will cost €9.20 (JPY 1300). Tickets can be reserved up to a month before the date of travel or purchased on the day of travel from either a vending machine or the bus ticket office.

Cost

€19

Trip Duration

90 minutes

A children's ticket (ages 6 to 11) is available at a cost of €9.20 (JPY 1300).

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The Airport Limousine Bus service runs approximately every hour from 6:50 to 22:52.

Where do I get the bus from?

Both Terminals 1 and 2 have bus stops for the Airport Limousine Bus service. The Terminal 1 bus stop for the Kyoto route departs from bus stop 8 whilst the Terminal 2 bus stop for the Kyoto route departs from bus stop 1. Both bus stops are located on the 1st floor as you exit the arrivals hall.

Convenience

The Airport Limousine Bus service is a convenient, affordable and efficient option to travel from Kansai airport to Kyoto. Please bear in mind however that you may experience traffic as you approach the city, especially if travelling during peak hours. Therefore always allow extra time for such an event.

Editor’s Note

In order to avoid confusion regarding the Airport Limousine Bus service, please note that the three different bus companies (Hankyu Kanko Bus, Hanshin Bus and the Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise) that are involved in this collaborative effort; all offer the same route to Kyoto at the same price but at different scheduled times.

Useful Tips

There is an Airport Limousine Bus ticket counter on the same floor (1F) as the arrivals hall, close to the exit of the terminal. English-speaking staff are available at the counter that can answer questions regarding the bus service and help travellers purchase tickets.
Travellers purchasing tickets on the day of travel will be boarded on a first come first serve basis. Therefore reserving your ticket in advance will guarantee your preferred travel slot, which you can do up to one month before your date of travel.
Passengers on the Airport Limousine Bus service are each allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage, not exceeding 2 metres in length and with a total weight of up to 30kg.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the Osaka airport to Kyoto train price?

The Osaka airport to Kyoto train price using the Limited Express Haruka service, which is the only direct train service, will cost €14 (JPY 1910) per traveller. There is the option to reserve your ticket in advance at an extra cost of €19.50 (JPY 2750) too – for a total cost of €33.50 (JPY 4660) per person.

How do I get from Osaka airport to Kyoto?

Osaka airport is well connected with Kyoto and there are a number of different travel options available to get you from point A to B. Firstly, the Limited Express Haruka service is a direct train service to Kyoto, secondly, there is a bus service known as the Airport Limousine Bus service that offers a regular, daily service to Kyoto and finally, taxis and private transfers are available 24/7 from Kansai airport to Kyoto.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto city centre?

The average cost of a taxi from Kansai International airport to Kyoto city centre will be about €225 (JPY 30700). You may of course pre-book your Kansai airport transfer with Welcome Pickups and get a guaranteed fixed rate fare with no hidden charges, and have your driver waiting for you when you arrive.

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